Thursday, November 26, 2020
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
This year the Summer Learning Journey has a different format. Below is a little teaser to try and see if you would like to be a part of this summers adventure!
Monday, November 2, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
The wonderful smell of apple crumble cooking was enough to have anyones mouth water!
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
What were the external factors that affected the way Aroha felt on the inside? How was she able to cope with the fears that tied her where she stood? It took us a few days of discussion and a few colour changes of pastel, to lay it all out---giving us the language we needed to express ourselves through 'Aroha' and the written word.
The darker written words are the negative forces and feelings while the bright colours are the positive forces and more optimistic feelings.
Aroha's Unique Way
In a world where I live, perfection is all it is
Beautiful white smiles, no hair looking wild
All boys slick hair and games
All girls dressing the same
Everyone being perfect and pleasant
but no one is
being who they are and different
I stand up and try to be different
put uniqueness in peoples
but just one look
the protest starts
A world against one
I close my eyes and give up
that one heart is now done
she becomes the same just like all
a perfect world with no one appalled
walking home her smile dropped, her heart broken down and popped
she rips the bows off her hair, wipes off the make up with her tears
looking at the mirror she sees the girl she once was
her heart had that little warm fuzz
the next morning
she wore what she wants she didn't dress the same
like a type of font
Once again its a world against one
she looks at all and says
you don't have to be perfect and the same
the world looks at me with so much shame
but Aroha knows
she doesn't need a tweak she's perfect the way she is and
(a poem in response to Aroha's Way and our work with
Te Rito Toi)
Saturday, September 12, 2020
After two weeks studying 'Mophead' by Selena Tusitala Marsh Rm 8 were able to develop a Role on the Wall looking at the 'before and after' changes that took place for Selena. Those outside influences that shaped her into the awe-inspiring Poet Laureate she is today... those influences that allowed her to believe in herself and to know it is OK to be different!
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
A big thanks to our students Akira, Caitlin, Maria and Sarah! Practicums can be hard at the best of times but doing it online, following a brief, must have been extremely tricky. However, the biggest test of all, when designing activities, is the activation with the chosen audience. On Tuesday, the last week of term, Room 8 Delta's had the pleasure of testing out a Site and activities made specifically for them with the actual designers!
I think when you hear comments like, "I don't want to go to lunch, I want to keep playing this game" and "When I heard the students were coming in I was scared as I didn't think I would understand but when I asked them to break it down they did and now I understand and it's easy and fun!"
The other students in class were a bit miffed they weren't able to participate in the fun and learning... THAT is truely the sign of a successful lesson! Not to worry they will get a chance next term!
Well done, Akira, Caitlin, Maria and Sarah!
When you have other teachers in your classroom it's a wonderful opportunity to learn and see a different perspective. Teaching is a collaborative profession and I'm so glad we had the opportunity to support, share and benefit from this great opportunity!
Many thanks to Akira, Caitlin, Maria and Sarah!
Hoping you can all visit Rm 8 again!
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020
This week in Room 8 we DITCHED DIGITAL to focus on the Arts for meaning making and the renewal of hope. As Peter O'Connor says "Grounded in Papatūānuku, Te Rito Toi is at the centre and soul of healing, for even amongst the chaos of seasonal transitions, elemental effects and changes, Te Rito remains strong as the heart of the kōrari (harakeke).
Our focus over the past week has been building 'My Why' Poem (Selina Tusitala Marsh) and a drama around the Tale 'The Green Children' (University Melbourne).
I have heard laughter, discussion, chat and the sharing of personal insight...
I have seen smiles, collaboration, compassion and determination...
I have felt a sense of belonging and pride.
I see our Hope Soar and I feel our are Souls Healing!
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Yesterday was Oral language Zhuzh day... I speak, you draw and I hope like heck my directions are understandable!
It was fun and I'm thinking successful as the drawings were fairly close to the oral directions--- not bad for Virtual Listening!
And the winners were: Aleenah and Christian (who also added in perspective!)
We also had some other great instruction followers: Mrs Collins (who was also our Judge and Jury)